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City officials against social ballot referendums in Portland

Oct. 17, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There’s no backing from most elected officials in Portland City Hall for a series for referendums on minimum wage, affordable housing, construction practices, rent control and short-term rentals. Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and seven members of the City Council all have come...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, supporters of a homeless encampment gather at the camp on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. City officials have reached an agreement announced Tuesday, Oct. 13, that will close a homeless encampment that has occupied the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since June 10 by the end of the week. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Agreement reached to end homeless encampment in Philadelphia

Oct. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — City officials have reached an agreement that will close a homeless encampment that has occupied the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since June 10 by the end of the week. Under terms of the deal announced Tuesday night, an estimated 150 people have agreed to leave their tents. In return, the...

Rent-to-own housing rarely works out the way it's planned

Oct. 11, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Herman Watson and Rhonda King live on the same Columbus street, in houses with nearly identical layouts in the Northaven Woods neighborhood. Both moved there as soon as the houses were built in 2017. Watson bought his house after renting it for about a year. King hasn’t bought...

Maui County affordable housing panel blocks proposed project

Oct. 8, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A proposed housing project criticized for setting prices too high has been rejected by the Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee. The panel voted 5-4 Monday against the development plan in Olowalu in northwest Maui, The Maui News reported Wednesday. Landowner Peter Martin...

Occupants of 1 homeless encampment depart, to get housing

Oct. 6, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Occupants of a small homeless encampment outside the Philadelphia Housing Authority departed Monday night under an agreement that officials hope will lead to the clearing of a much larger encampment that has been on the city's Benjamin Franklin Parkway for months. Approximately 20...

Honolulu affordable housing for Native Hawaiians approved

Oct. 6, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Department of Hawaiian Home Lands officials approved a plan for a 23-story apartment tower expected to provide affordable rentals for 277 Native Hawaiian households. The agency recently approved the estimated $137 million development in Honolulu, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

5 Southern mayors fight poverty with guaranteed income

Oct. 4, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

Adrian Perkins still remembers the feeling of not having enough. How it feels to gargle water dashed with salt and pepper instead of visiting a doctor for a sore throat. How his feet would dangle from the chairs in the building where his mother worked a second job cleaning offices after he finished school. If she...

Fund announced to help create affordable housing in Detroit

Sep. 29, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Banks, philanthropies and nonprofits are working with Detroit to direct $75 million in private money for affordable housing in the city. The Detroit Housing for the Future Fund was announced Tuesday with $48 million in initial commitments, including a combined $25 million from JPMorgan Chase...

Group accuses Woodbridge of discriminatory housing practices

Sep. 29, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (AP) — A civil rights group has purchased land in Woodbridge as part of an effort to force the New Haven suburb to provide more affordable housing. The Open Communities Alliance announced Tuesday that its Open Communities Trust has applied to build a small multi-family development with a...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, men hold up signs at a rally outside of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., in support of more housing. Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will soon get first crack at buying foreclosed homes in California. A bill approved Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, by Gov. Gavin Newsom is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California law prioritizes people over corporate home-buyers

Sep. 29, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bill is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during...